Le Pen has 'easy' defenceon Nazi apologist charges

13th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 12, 2006 (AFP) - The French far-right party leader Jean-Marie Le Pen can expect an "easy" defence to charges that he morally defended the World War II German occupation of his country, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

PARIS, July 12, 2006 (AFP) - The French far-right party leader Jean-Marie Le Pen can expect an "easy" defence to charges that he morally defended the World War II German occupation of his country, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

A judge earlier this week ordered that Le Pen, leader of the National Front party, be charged at a Paris court with "complicity in apologising for war crime" and in disputing the facts of crimes against humanity by the Nazis.

The charge relates to comments attributed to Le Pen in a far-right publication in January 2005.

Le Pen was quoted making the mistaken claim that the German Gestapo secret police had prevented a massacre of civilians in France during the war.

In the same article, Le Pen claimed that the German occupation of France "was not particularly inhumane."

His lawyer Wallerand de Saint-Just told AFP it would "very easy" to defend Le Pen on the charges, since the remarks were made informally after an interview with a journalist from the publication had officially ended, and were not meant for publication.

The lawyer added that the comments were not strong enough to constitute an offence.

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Subject: French News

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